The importance of teaching Europe’s past


It matters how Europe teaches its past, and the importance of history teaching has been thrown into sharp focus by the emergence during the Covid pandemic of conspiracy theories and scapegoating of communities that echo the darker periods of Europe’s past.

“Historians engage in very difficult forms of data to read, to reconstitute past thoughts, to understand our own times and anticipate our potential futures,” says Professor Niall Ferguson.

This event report covers the conference ‘History Education for a Democratic Europe’, organised by the Observatory on History Teaching in Europe (OHTE).

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